How to change the rules for issuing Schengen visas
A few happy changes and one not so much.
19 APR 2019 14:00
The EU Parliament adopted the Commission’s proposal to change the rules of issuing Schengen visas to bona fide travelers with good visa history, reported on the official portal of the European Commission.
Now tourists will be able to apply for a visa six months before the planned trip (now, not earlier than three months). Where possible, the request for visa will be submitted in electronic form.
If you have a good visa history, with each new visa, you can expect to gradually increasing the duration of stay in the Schengen area – from one year to five years. Now, many countries still often issue visas only for six months.
This will increase the visa fee. For citizens of countries with which an agreement on simplification of visa regime with the EU (e.g. Russia), it will be 40 Euro instead of the current 35. For the rest – 80 euros instead of 60. Travelers under 18 years of age to pay it will not.
The new rules should be approved by the Council of the EU, and the changes will take effect in six months.